With the award season coming to an end in the most delightful and surprising fashion, it’s time to spotlight the movies that have occupied most of my nights and taken us on many adventures. Here is what I’ve been watching.
Will an all-star cast leading Scorsese’s latest blockbuster, the Irishman is an epic gangster drama that journey’s the rise of Frank Sheeran in this crime syndicate. The Irishman focuses on the politics of this crime gang, choosing to highlight the power dynamics whilst highlighting the unspoken code of conduct between gang members. It’s about knowing your place. It’s a journey that spans a lifetime yet refuses to glamourise the violent deeds of organised gangs. The biggest criticism would bein its length, with a run time of 3 and a half hours, when 30 minutes could have easily been scrapped. Nevertheless, The Irishman is a triumph in exploring the lives of these influential men and spotlighting the consequences of their actions. Continue reading
It’s been a good couple of months for movie nights, and while it’s hard to find films that will please the entire family, this latest batch generally had us all in agreement. Some films were a disappointment, others met expectations, and a few caught us off guard with how good they were. Here are the films I’ve been watching.
Spiderman: Far From Home
Let’s be real, Spiderman had a tough task of following the highest-grossing film in history. Endgame left fans reeling, and Spiderman had to find a balance between exploring the aftermath of the film while also standing apart as its own entity. Was it a success? Yes, I think it was. Tom Holland has always captured that youthful and mischievous enthusiasm of Spiderman, and here we see Peter Parker facing the realities of what it truly means to be a superhero. No more can he just be the friendly neighbourhood hero, and you feel the burden of this responsibility weighing on his shoulders. Jake Gyllenhaal was a welcome addition to the cast and his chemistry with Tom Holland allowed us to invest in the dynamic between them, making the culminating moments exciting and unpredictable. The post-credit scenes will have major consequences for Spiderman as his safety net is shattered.
This post was intended to go live on Tuesday, but I was struck down with a horrid bug and have been in recovery ever since. Nevertheless, as promised here is part 2 of my summary of best trailers from San Diego’s Comic-Con with additional reaction to the next phase of Marvel films – because there is no avoiding Marvel announcements.
Westworld (Season 3)
Yet another TV series I need to catch up on. The first series of Westworld was phenomenal, but since I’ve not caught up with the second season yet I can’t comment much on the happenings in the third season, but it sure looks epic. Continue reading
As many of you know, summertime kick starts our movie marathon season. With the projector up and running, we have already watched a plethora of films on the big screen and for the most part, they’ve all been highly entertaining. Here is what I’ve been watching.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol & Rogue Nation
Now, I am not a die-hard follower of this franchise. However, there’s something to be said about watching these films on a big screen as it allows us to immerse ourselves in the visual scope of the film. There is no doubt that Tom Cruise embodies the stereotypical action hero trope, but does so in a way that is magnetic. The Mission Impossible franchise has long set the standards for epic action films, but what makes them so compelling is the supporting cast of characters and how their lives and experiences are all interconnected, giving them a sense of history that manifests itself in brilliant character dynamics. Continue reading
As my reading slump continues, I’ve found myself watching more films recently. With summer just around the corner, we finally got the projector set up for our annual summer movie marathon. Admittedly, the only film we watched on the big screen was Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but I must admit watching the Eurovision Song Contest on the big screen was quite the experience. Here is a summary of what I’ve been watching.
This film surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it, but it poses an interesting scenario on the possibility of sending someone’s last conscious moment to a computed reality in order to prevent a future disaster. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Captain Colter Stevens, this film revealed the stakes early on heightening the tension as he only had eight minutes to find the one responsible for these disasters. However, the more time he spends in this reality, the more his attachment to passengers aboard the train grows, giving him an internal and external conflict which could alter the consequences of this disaster. It’s a clever storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seats as Colter’s mission and consciousness collide in a conflict that has surprising consequences.
It is hard to keep track of all the incredible films released every year. From the superhero showdowns to the feel-good films and the impactful understated gems, there is something for everyone. Earlier in the year, I spotlighted my most anticipated films of the year so the films featured in that post will not be featured here. This is but a small selection of films set to be released this summer and can definitely see having a heavy influence at the box office.
Have you ever considered what the world would be like if we suddenly woke up one day and forgot that the Beatles ever existed? Yesterday will provide the answer to that question in what is shaping up to be one the highlights of the summers movie line up. With the world forgetting the songs of one of the most renowned bands in the world, it will be up to Jack, a struggling singer-songwriter to bring back the songs that are embedded in history. The question is, how far is he willing to go to achieve his dream, and what does he risk loosing along the way. Continue reading
Usually, I feature both the film and TV shows I’ve been watching recently. However, with this slump I’m in I’ve found myself watching a lot more than usual. It also helps that at the moment we have a temporary home cinema set up in our very own living room. There is nothing better than watching films on the projector. It makes them all the more epic and immersive. Some of the films I watched were instant classics, others were a bit of a dud. Here is a summary of my summer viewings so far.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows